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How Big Companies Buy Innovations + Steps You Need to Take to Partner With Them

  • Sep 26, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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About Scott Propp

I connect vision to implementation for Fortune 500 technology leaders, helping them realize their market potential and overcome obstacles to growth and success. I’ve been doing that in conference rooms all over the world – for the past 30 years.

I haven’t just read about the problems you face, I’ve solved them. I have hands-on strategic, technical, operations and business experience that can provide the tangible, measurable results you are looking to achieve.

I combine big-picture vision with expertise in the details – across major functional departments – that can make or break a project or initiative’s success.

I’m able to successfully bring together skilled teams. I have a unique set of communications skills that inspire teams – both internal and external, from all disciplines and departments, with different backgrounds, vocabularies and temperaments – to play their highest game and collaborate synergistically.

I have the staying power to negotiate the difficult points in the process, seeing the projects through from inception to implementation. I don’t give up. I make sure the products that should be launched are launched.

My background: I have an MBA, a Master’s in Engineering and 30 years business experience in senior level positions at Fortune 100 technology corporations (most recently Motorola). I’ve directed large-scale international business projects, led design and manufacturing teams in creating significant product breakthroughs and built factories in the U.S. and Asia.

About the MeetUp

Meet other entrepreneurs and independent product developers.   Bring your questions and "group-source" the answers.  Hear from specialized experts willing to share their insights.  Get energized and stay motivated to pursue your goals.  Relax and have interesting conversations.  Participants have found clients and collaborators through this Meetup.

Software, electronics, life sciences, med tech, services, products, materials, designs--innovators of a wide variety of value propositions participate. Both for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs participate.  Many are starting their second or third business.  A partner in McKinsey & Company (NYC) turned up one evening. We have enjoyed meeting people from China, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Italy, India, Bangladesh and other countries.  Many are newcomers to Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Multi-generational, our age range has been 20 to 70+.  Several investors make periodic visits for those of you looking for capital.

RSVPs on the Meetup website don't include participants from our hosts personal email list and LinkedIn groups.  Many regulars just show up.  We don't cancel a meeting due to low RSVPs on Meetup.  Our largest attendance was about 20 people, but I've enjoyed smaller groups where I get to hear more from each person.

Let the host know what kind of expert you would like to have at a future meeting and feel free to refer speakers.


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  • Rebecca St. M.

    Was very sorry to have missed this! Had a health issue that required my immediate attention. Please let me know, Scott, if you will be speaking anywhere again soon...

    September 30, 2013

    • Scott

      Rebecca, Sorry to have missed you as well, looking forward to meeting you. In addition to private organizations , I am working on a couple of local dates which which I'll post on as soon as final. Feel free to zip me a note at [masked] in mean time with any specific questions.

      October 1, 2013

    • Rebecca St. M.

      do you have a fb page where you advertise your speaking engagements?

      October 8, 2013

  • Steve S.

    I sorely missed the meetup due to a forgotten other commitment only minutes before departing for it. Is there any collateral from it available anywhere that can be downloaded?

    September 26, 2013

    • Scott

      Steve, Sorry we missed you - see the note above - please take a look at the site or feel free to reach out to [masked] with any specific questions.

      September 28, 2013

  • Steve L.

    Scott was awesome, great insight into the world of the fortune 100

    September 26, 2013

    • Scott

      Thanks Steve - it's great to have an engaged group, and I appreciated your insights as well

      September 28, 2013

  • Scott

    Thanks for attending the event last Thursday - What a great group of folks with such diverse backgrounds.

    If you would like to stay in contact please stop by my site and enroll in the box on the right for my twice monthly blog posts. Additionally you will get a complementary ebook that describes how to find growth opportunities and take action on them. You may want to start with this post on profitable partnerships ( .


    September 28, 2013

  • Clyde H.

    Check out Scot's website and blogs. He blogs a lot. Also set up a Google search for his local speaking.

    September 27, 2013

  • Jeet P.

    Sorry for late update.. Stuck at work so could not make it today.

    September 26, 2013

  • Robert O.

    Looking forward to meeting up with individuals who may share my vision. I have been in the business field as a bookstore manager and also the director of a Bible college in West Africa. Most of my contacts will be by email: [masked] or via phone[masked] ( text only ).

    September 22, 2013

  • Rebecca St. M.

    Looking forward to it. May bring a guest...

    August 29, 2013

  • Clyde H.

    I heard Scott speak at the Product Development Managers Association and was impressed--great speaker and terrific background.

    July 31, 2013

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